Narsingh Deonarine enters the tour of Australia as a highly accomplished all-rounder who has struggled to meet his full potential. The 29 year old has featured heavily in the West Indian first-class scene, but a lack of fluency in international cricket has seen his career stall time and time again.
His first Test came in 2009 at his home ground in Guyana. It was an excellent start for the team, as Wavell Hinds and Shiv Chanderpaul both blasted double centuries. Deonarine played a minor cameo, finishing unbeaten on 15. He showed off his off-spinners at the end of South Africa’s innings, picking up the wicket of Charl Langeveldt. On a flattened out track, Deonarine then bowled the longest spell of his career in the second innings, finishing up with 1/35 from 30 gruelling overs.
The tour of Australia in 2009 gave Deonarine another shot at Test cricket, and he didn’t disappoint, scoring a career best 82 in Perth. However, in his 14 Test career, batting has long been an issue, and Deonarine has only gone on to make a further three half-centuries. His most recent performance included a duck against New Zealand. His off-spinners have proved a handy asset throughout his career, and a career best 4/37 against New Zealand suggests he should pay more attention to his bowling. His four scalps included McCullum, Guptill, Watling and Williamson; arguably NZ’s four best batsmen at the moment.
Despite making 41 on debut in the ODI side, Deonarine hasn’t played a game of 50 over cricket since 2010. Although he produced a run a ball 53, the all-rounder hasn’t been able to force his way back into the ever-improving West Indian team. His versatility could be more than useful on some of the slower Australian decks.
Deonarine could find himself back in the T20 team against the same side that he made his debut against three years ago. On that occasion, he received a beauty from Shaun Tait to fall first ball. He would have been hoping for a better showing in the final of the Caribbean T20 League, as his side felt to Trinidad & Tobago.